The SEAT Altea

SEAT UK has revealed the pricing and specification of its new Altea at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live in Birmingham, where the car is having its UK public debut.

The eight model Altea range of spacious and versatile, five-seat, five-door family cars goes on sale in July. Already acclaimed for its striking styling and innovative touches such as the windscreen wipers concealed in the A-pillars, it will be available in three trim levels, a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines and feature five- and six-speed manual, Tiptronic and DSG gearboxes. Prices will start at £12,850 for the Altea 1.6 Reference rising to £17,600 for the Altea Sport 2.0 TDi with DSG gearbox.

The Altea Reference has a choice of 1.6 litre petrol or 1.9 litre turbo diesel engines developing 102PS and 105PS power output respectively and both have a five-speed manual gearbox. Standard equipment on Reference models includes six airbags, (front, side and curtain), air conditioning, ABS, TCS, electro-mechanical power steering, 6-speaker radio/CD, electric front windows, remote central locking and a driver’s seat with height and lumbar adjustment. The 1.9 TDi Reference is priced at £14,000.

The next trim level, Stylance, has the same engine choice as Reference but gains extra equipment in the form of two-zone climate control, an eight-speaker audio system with controls on the steering wheel, cruise control, 16 inch seven-spoke alloy wheels, illuminated sun visor mirrors, height and lumbar adjustable passenger seat and leather steering wheel and gear knob. The Altea 1.6 Stylance is priced at £13,900 and the 1.9 TDi Stylance at £15,050.

Top of the range Altea Sport models have the choice of two completely new engines to SEAT. The petrol engine is the most powerful in the range, a 2.0 litre FSi unit linked to a six-speed manual gearbox developing 150PS. The second engine is a powerful EU4 compliant 2.0 litre TDi unit, also with six-speed manual gearbox, which develops 140PS. The equipment list gains ESP and EBA (emergency brake assistance), racey five-spoke alloy wheels and sports seats over Stylance models. The 2.0 FSi costs £16,000 and the 2.0 TDi £16,700. Both Sport models have an optional gearbox choice. With the FSi a Tiptronic unit is available and with the TDi the latest DSG gearbox is an alternative.

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Published : 26/05/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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